Natalie Portman picked up her second Globe award in her acting career with best actress in Black Swan [Gallo/Getty]

The 68th annual Golden Globe Awards, one of the biggest Hollywood award ceremonies, while recognising new talent has also gave recognition to some of Hollywood's most profitable stars.

Collecting four trophies including best picture was Social Network, a film about the founders of the social-networking website Facebook.

The other big winner at the Sunday event in Los Angeles, California, was The Kids Are All Right, a film featured two lesbian parents whose children search for their sperm donor father, which won best comedy.

Natalie Portman picked up her second Globe award in her acting career as best actress in the movie Black Swan that portrayed an unconventional take on the world of classical ballet.

Colin Firth was named best actor in a film drama for playing a role of stuttering King George VI in The Kings Speech.

In the category of television drama, HBO's Boardwalk Empire scored best drama award while Glee swept the TV comedy categories including award for best TV series.

In A Better World from Denmark was given best foreign film.

The Golden Globe Awards, which are given out by the nearly 90 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is one of the major Hollywood award shows leading to the film industry's most-prized honors, the Oscars.

This year, Social Network has swept many early honors to its cache of trophies, making it a front-runner in the Oscars race.

Source: Agencies